Study: Number of Americans who view Christmas as religious keeps eroding

WASHINGTON — The percentage of Americans who see Christmas as a religious holiday continues to slide across nearly all demographic lines.

Advice: Meet violent acts head on with courage, compassion

How do people of faith respond to extremist behavior, as witnessed in the examples of recent shootings in San Bernardino, Calif., and at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, Colo.?

With courage and compassion, and with the understanding that Christians, Muslims and Jews, among other religions, are united in opposition to violence, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in a recent statement.

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